Going into last night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat were 2-1 in Game 1 of a playoff series.
Now they’re 2-2.
Am I surprised that the Spurs won?
Sure, a little. Especially since it was at Miami.
But am I really that surprised that the Spurs won?
For some reason, the Heat have a penchant for dropping Game 1. They did it against the Chicago Bulls (who didn’t win another game in the series). They (almost) did it against the Indiana Pacers (the Heat were saved by a stupendously bad defensive job by Paul George). So when the Heat dropped Game 1 against the Spurs, it’s not like this was out of the realm of possibility.
In fact, I had a nagging suspicion that the Heat were going to lose this game. (I know, I know, easy to Monday morning quarterback…) But seriously, the Spurs were coming off like a month vacation to Cancun (ok, so it was more like a two week head start preparing for the NBA Finals) whereas the Heat beat the Pacers in Game 7 on Monday, and then had to play Game 1 of the NBA Finals three days later.
This added rest was apparent in the fourth quarter of last night’s game as the Spurs scored 23 points in the final quarter, while the Heat only scored 16 points (their lowest point total for a quarter since the third quarter of Game 6 in the Eastern Conference Finals).
We’ll see if the Heat can recover in Game 2.